Friday, August 26, 2011

Marrying Miss Marshal by Lacy Williams


A Woman in a Mans Job

Filling the shoes of her late husband as town marshal hasn't been easy for Danna Carpenter. She's not only fighting criminals, she's also fighting to earn the respect of the townspeople. So crossing paths with tenderfoot detective Chas O'Grady is the last thing she needs. He's hunting a band of cattle rustlers and isn't used to the rugged Wyoming landscape. Teaming up is their only option, but when circumstances place them in a compromising situation, the town forces a more permanent partnership—marriage. If they can let down their guards with each other they might find that love is the greatest catch of all.


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This is a wonderful first novel by Lacy Williams. She has a flow to her writing that keeps the reader involved in the story. I loved Danna. She is a strong and independent woman who shows no fear when it comes to the job she is commited to doing. But she hides away the softer side of herself and the fears that lie within her heart. Chas is a man who holds himself responsible for something beyond his control and carries that with him along with the hatred towards the one who really is responsible. Can he allow the Lord to be the judge and jury or will he take justice into his own hands? Will Danna find her true worth hidden behind a "mans" job and clothing? You will have to read Marrying Miss Marshal to find out. I look forward to more books by this wonderful writer.

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Lacy Williams is a wife and mom from Oklahoma. Her debut novel, MARRYING MISS MARSHAL, won ACFW's Genesis award before being published. She promises readers happily-ever-afters guaranteed. Lacy combines her love of dogs with her passion for literacy by volunteering with her therapy dog Mr. Bingley in a local Kids Reading to Dogs program. Lacy loves to hear from readers. She posts short stories and giveaways at her website and can be found on social media at www.facebook.com/lacywilliamsbooks and www.twitter.com/lacy_williams .

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Art of Romance by Kaye Dacus

Misconceptions Arise When Meddling Matriarchs Connive

Sassy Evans and Perty Bradley are determined to get their older grandchildren married off, but when twenty-eight-year-old Dylan comes home after being fired from his teaching position because of the betrayal of his ex-girlfriend, Perty knows her grandson has more important issues to deal with first.

Sassy understands her friend's reservations about timing, but she also sees so many ways in which Dylan would be the perfect match for her thirty-four-year-old granddaughter Caylor. With his record of acclaimed paintings and Caylor's bestselling novels, they could complement each other's talents and provide each other support and encouragement. And there's no denying the spark of attraction between the English professor with the untamed red hair and the painter with the unusual tattoos.

English professor Caylor Evans moved in with her grandmother five years ago when Sassy’s eyesight became too poor to get her driver’s license renewed. Though she is now writing sweet/inspirational romance novels, Caylor still draws inspiration for her heroes from the portfolio of covers and sample images drawn/painted by Patrick Callaghan for the steamy romances she used to write (as “Melanie Mason”), and dreams of meeting a man like that cover model.

After losing his teaching position and being shunned by the fine-arts community in Philadelphia, artist Dylan Bradley has returned home to Nashville to regroup and determine the next step for his life. His grandparents offer him their guesthouse for as long as he wants it—along with plenty of opportunities to meet young women. Though it was years ago, Dylan is uncomfortable with the fact that his face—only slightly disguised—is on the covers of half a dozen steamy romance novels by Melanie Mason, the artwork he did to put himself through college under the pseudonym Patrick Callaghan. Especially after he meets Caylor Evans, a woman who has her life together in a way he only dreams of.

But neither grandmother realizes the secrets both Caylor and Dylan are keeping from each other. Will pain and embarrassment from the past keep Caylor and Dylan apart, or will they develop the courage to be truthful with each other and discover the true art of romance?

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Kaye has done a wonderful job of making an large cast of characters easy to keep up with and care about. She is a very detailed writer and you get the full picture of what is going on throughout the book. The grandmother's are a wonderful bunch of ladies, old friends who care so much about their grandchildren they want to see them happily married. Three of the grandchildren are best friends and they are the center of the three books in this series.

This book points out that we make mistakes as we grow and then learn as we get older that we need to make different choices because it is how God wants us to live. We all have to come to different growth periods where God is growing us up in something that we didn't see as wrong at earlier times in our lives. God grows us little by little until we are ready to see what needs to be changed. This book also reminds us that we need to understand that what a person did in their past is part of that past and that if they are in Christ then they have been made new in Him. We are not to judge because we all have things that we have done things we shouldn't have. We have to learn from those mistakes and more foward.


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Books:

The Matchmakers

Book One: Love Remains

Book Two: The Art of Romance

Book Three: Turnabout’s Fair Play November 2011


The Ransome Trilogy

Book One: Ransome’s Honor

Book Two: Ransome’s Crossing

Book Three: Ransome’s Quest


Brides of Bonneterre Series

Book One: Stand-In Groom

Book Two: Menu for Romance

Book Three: A Case for Love

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden

In the splendor of gilded age America, their worlds collide after twelve years apart. The spark that was once between them immediately reignites into a romance neither of them thought possible. But time has changed them both.

Clara Endicott is beginning to make a name for herself as a journalist who is intent on exposing the dark side of industry. She is determined to defend underprivileged workers.

Daniel Tremain has risen to become a powerful industry giant with powerful enemies. He had always idolized Clara, but when she writes an exposé about his company, it will trigger a series of events that threatens to destroy the only woman Daniel has ever loved.


Can they withstand the cost of their convictions while their hearts and lives hang in the balance?

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I absolutely loved The Lady of Bolton Hill. The mystery and intrigue in the story was a surprise. Throughout the second half of the book I was anxious to know the out come of certain situations with a mysterious character so I was having a very hard time setting it down for any reason.

It was very well written and the characters stole my heart from the beginning. Elizabeth has a wonderful flair for writing that makes you want to follow the charcters into the book. I do hope that a couple of the secondary male characters in this book will have their own story. I think their stories would be just as wonderful as Clara and Daniel's. 

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The Rose of Willow Street: Coming January 2012

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer

A blacksmith with a criminal past. A librarian with pacifist ideals. Do they have a fighting chance at finding love?
Having completed his sentence for the unintentional crime that derailed his youthful plans for fame and fortune, Levi Grant looks to start over in the town of Spencer, Texas. Spencer needs a blacksmith, a trade he learned at his father’s knee, and he needs a place where no one knows his past. But small towns leave little room for secrets. . . .

Eden Spencer has sworn off men, choosing instead to devote her time to the lending library she runs. When a mountain-sized stranger walks through her door and asks to borrow a book, she steels herself against the attraction he provokes. His halting speech and hesitant manner leave her doubting his intelligence. Yet as the mysteries of the town’s new blacksmith unfold, Eden discovers hidden depths in him that tempt her heart.

Levi’s renewed commitment to his faith leads Eden to believe she’s finally found a man of honor and integrity, a man worthy of her love. But when the truth about his prodigal past comes to light, can this tarnished hero find a way to win back the librarian’s affections?


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I enjoyed To Win Her Heart very much. It was very easy to get caught up in the small town of Spencer, Texas. The characters were wonderful and somewhat unique in their background from anything I had read before. I loved the easy pace of the time period. And I enjoyed the library. If I had lived in that time period that would have been my dream, to own and run a library.

The lessons about forgiveness that you will find on these pages are ones we all need to remember when we live our daily lives. It's easy to judge someone for where they live, how they dress, who their parents are, and their past mistakes, etc. But God loves the person, faults and all. And His forgiveness covers the mutitude of sins in each of our lives if we ask. We need to learn to let them go and allow people to move forward in the new life they are given through Christ.
 
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Her Other Books:

A Tailor-Made Bride Available Now

Head In The Clouds Available Now

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig

Betrayal begins with trust

In Venezuela, Danielle Roark and her Army Corps of Engineers team is captured. After six months of captivity, Dani escapes, only to end up charged with espionage and forced to return to the jungle to prove that a nuclear facility exists. On the mission, she feels abandoned by God and country. Will she live long enough to make those responsible pay?

Haunted by memories of a mission gone bad, former Green Beret Canyon Metcalfe wrestles with his developing feelings for the feisty Dani. But, drawn by a powerful need to ensure she returns unharmed, Canyon urges Nightshade to accept the mission to help Dani unravel her lethal secrets.

Separated from the team during a deadly storm, Dani and Canyon are left vulnerable--then captured. Can Dani and Canyon fight the nightmare armed with only forgiveness and raw courage? Or will they lose their lives, minds, and each other?

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Ronie has done it again! Wolfsbane is awesome! She has written about some really hard topics but done it in a way that doesn't make you feel uncomfortable or unable to continue reading. Quite the opposite. I sat on the edge of my seat for the last quarter of the book as it got more and more intense waiting to see how things would turn out.
 
Canyon and his family have a lot more depth than I had imagined. But you could tell from the first book that there were secrets that needed to be uncovered about him. Dani is a great new character and fits into this line perfectly. She is strong, determined and a fighter. She goes through so much but find the will to survive.

I can't wait for the next book to come out in January. And I can only hope that her publishers will approve other books in the series. I love the characters and want to know their stories, too.
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Her Website: http://roniekendig.com



Discarded Heroes Series

Book 1: Nightshade Now Available

Book 2: Digitalis Now Available

Book 3: Wolfsbane Now Available

Book 4: Firethorn January 2012



Recognition for Nightshade:
  • 2011 RWA Faith, Hope & Love’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award – Romantic Suspense Finalist

  • 2011 Christian Retailing – Reader’s Choice Award finalist

  • FamilyFiction Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award – #8 Favorite New Release

  • FamilyFiction Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award – Ronie named #3 Favorite New Author

  • 2010 Lime Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction from The Christian Manifesto

  • Sunday, August 14, 2011

    Digitalis by Ronie Kendig

    An Intriguing Woman Draws a Former Marine into a Deadly Game

    Colton Neeley left his military career to take care of his four-year old daughter. Although he’s firm in his faith now, the repercussions of his former life are still evident—namely in the form of his daughter and his debilitating flashbacks from combat-related trauma. Can he muster the courage to step out of his self-imposed isolation and embrace the new woman in his life?

    Piper Blum is hiding—from life and the assassins bent on destroying her family. Although smitten by Colton, she fears the day he discovers her secrets. Does their relationship, built on a foundation of lies, have a chance?

    When an attempt on Piper’s life leads to another’s death, the black ops group Nightshade steps into the line of fire. Will Colton and Piper survive the mission with their love—and lives—intact? Will love cover their multitude of sins?
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    Ronie has created another masterpiece! Her writing is amazing and I am continually surprised at her imagination and creativity. The more I read the more I want.

    Colton is one of my favorite characters of Ronie’s. He is strong and faithful. He is there for his friends. He’s that ‘good old boy’ cowboy that everyone can’t help but love. But we find out that he carries scars on the inside like the most that serve in the military and/or see the terrible things he has seen and had to do. Piper is a strong woman that needs love and family but has been isolated from the ones she cares about most. When Colton comes into her life she is drawn to him despite the fact she knows it could put her or others in danger. You will love Colton and Pipers story and the intrigue that is intertwined throughout the pages of this book.
     
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    Her Website: http://roniekendig.com

    Discarded Heroes Series

    Book 1: Nightshade Now Available

    Book 2: Digitalis Now Available

    Book 3: Wolfsbane Now Available

    Book 4: Firethorn January 2012

    Recognition for Nightshade:

  • 2011 RWA Faith, Hope & Love’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award – Romantic Suspense Finalist


  • 2011 Christian Retailing – Reader’s Choice Award finalist


  • FamilyFiction Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award – #8 Favorite New Release


  • FamilyFiction Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award – Ronie named #3 Favorite New Author


  • 2010 Lime Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction from The Christian Manifesto

  • Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Nightshade by Ronie Kendig

    This former Navy SEAL is fighting a new battle…the homefront.

    Can Max yield to a force greater than himself…love?After a tour of duty in a war-torn country, embattled former Navy SEAL Max Jacobs finds himself discarded and alienated from those he loves as he struggles with combat-related PTSD. His wife, Sydney, files a restraining order against him and a petition for divorce. Max is devastated.

    Then a mysterious man appears. He says he’s organizing a group that recycles veterans like Max. It’s a black-oops group called Nightshade. With the chance to find purpose in life once again, Max is unable to resist the call of duty and signs on.

    The team handles everything with precision and lethal skill–until they’re called upon to rescue a missionary family from a rebel-infested jungle and avoid a reporter hunting their identities.

    Will Max yield his anger and pride to a force greater than himself–love?


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    Ronie is an amazing writer and has captured the dangerous yet heroic lives of people in the military. She has managed to put it in book form in such a way that demands you keep reading to find out more about the characters and what happens to them. You just can't help but care about them.

    Nightshade introduces you to the team but focuses on the leader or "Alpha", Max. It also takes you to an island in the Philippines where missionaries are being held captive. It was a twist that I didn't expect when I picked up the book but it was a great addition. As the team learns to work together and become one on each new mission you begin to understand how they depend on each other to do the very best job they can and how they give their lives for what they have been called to do.



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    Discarded Heroes Series

    Book 1: Nightshade Now Available

    Book 2: Digitalis Now Available

    Book 3: Wolfsbane Now Available

    Book 4: Firethorn January 2012

    Recognition for Nightshade:

  • 2011 RWA Faith, Hope & Love’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award – Romantic Suspense Finalist


  • 2011 Christian Retailing – Reader’s Choice Award finalist


  • FamilyFiction Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award – #8 Favorite New Release


  • FamilyFiction Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award – Ronie named #3 Favorite New Author


  • 2010 Lime Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction from The Christian Manifesto

  • Sunday, August 7, 2011

    I'm Still Around

    I wanted to let everyone know that follows this blog that I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, like it may seem. We went to Africa for three weeks in June (you can check out updates on that trip on our mission blog and my personal blog) and since my return have been super busy with church day camps and a week long trip to Colorado. I have not meant to let my reading go astray but I am afraid that I haven't read much except my Bible since early June. I am working my way back into it and will have many book reviews to post soon. I took several books with me to Kenya but didn't touch a one. The only book I opened there was my Bible. And while that is a GREAT thing, I know I have responsibilities to read and review these wonderful authors books. It is my passion so I will catch up!

    I am a homeschool mom and we are starting back Monday morning, August 8. Yes, it is earlier than our public school friends but we finished very early last school year and I have many wonderful new things planned for this year so we need to get started. The kids will be doing book reviews instead of book reports for each book they complete this school year. I will post some on here but all on our homeschool blog. It is my hope that we will post more on that this year than in the past.

    Please keep us in your prayers as we start our new year and work towards getting new and better routines in place so that our lives will be enriched and blessed in all we are able to accomplish.